From Picnics to Rooftop Drinks, A+ Outfit Ideas for Socialising In 2021

Emma Spedding
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Socialising is now permitted again, however seeing a friend requires more planning than ever. Even your local Italian has waiting lists to rival Gloria and finding a six-person beer garden table for Bank Holiday is like securing Glastonbury tickets. It requires research and often dedication to the cause (we're talking about sitting outside in nine layers in the rain for a catch up coffee). Now our notoriously stroppy weather plays such a big part of our social lives as we can only hang out outdoors, our outfits require some careful consideration too.

Firstly, you need layers for any evening plans so don't pack away that puffer coat just yet. Below we've charted five ways many are socialising right now from picnics to al fresco dinner dates, and provided some inspiration for how to dress for these occasions. Many of us are simply desperate to dress up, so it's all about the mix—wear your printed joyful dress with sensible sandals, or your Friday night party top with a practical cardigan.

Ready for a summer of fun? Keep scrolling for five ways we will be socialising in 2021, and ideas for what to wear.

1. Celebratory Picnics

Now we're able to sit in green spaces with five pals and snacks, picnic season is in full swing. This is how many will be marking hen parties, big birthdays and other celebrations this spring, and so will be dressing up to sit in a local park. Opt for a printed, but comfortable, summer dress, practical sandals and a tote bag big enough for said snacks.

Shop the Key Items:

& Other Stories Relaxed Checkered Midi Wrap Dress (£85)

Rue De Verneuil Parcours Xl Leather-Trim Canvas Tote Bag (£245)

Arizona Love Trekky Choux Bandana-Trimmed Sandals ($195)

2. Al Fresco Dining

It's a complete novelty to go to a restaurant, but a night dining outside in the UK doesn't come without its complications. Layering is key, and so jeans, a nice top and a blazer makes a perfect base for under blanket scarves and puffer coats.

Shop the Key Items:

Arket Oversized Twill Blazer (£255)

RE/DONE 90s Comfort Stretch High-Rise Ankle Crop Skinny Jeans (£235)

& Other Stories Long Sleeve Tubular Neck Sweater (£55)

3. Day Trip to the Beach

We won't be going on a beach holiday anytime soon, and so the British seaside has never been so appealing. This isn't California, so linen trousers, jeans, jumpers and midi dresses are what you need instead of a bikini sarong. You can still play with the nautical theme with stripes and a blue colour palette.

Shop the Key Items:

H&M Long Lyocell-Blend Shirt (£25)

Arket Elastic-Waist Linen Trousers (£55)

Arket Merino Crew-Neck Jumper (£55)

4. Countryside Walk or Getaway

City dwellers in particular will have been craving space, and so a day in the great outdoors has never been so appealing. Embrace the spirit of cottage core with gingham prints and nostalgic prairie dresses.

Shop the Key Items:

& Other Stories Tiered Puff Sleeve Mini Dress (£75)

Weekday Kama Sweat Shorts (£18)

Loeffler Randall Ivy Gingham Shell Bucket Hat (£50)

5. Rooftop Drinks With Friends

As we are all socialising outdoors, terraces and rooftop bars have never been so in demand. If you're going for cocktails on a rooftop, why not have fun and opt for a printed going-out dress and statement sunglasses. Just don't forget a big jumper, too.

Shop the Key Items:

& Other Stories Cropped Cable Knit Cardigan (£85)

Gucci GG-Logo Quilted Rectangular Acetate Sunglasses ($0)

Rixo Lucile Printed Dress (£275)

Next up, see summer outfit ideas we love this year.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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